Passionate, enthusiastic and wonderfully insightful: Spotti Woodhead was a rallying encyclopaedia and an institution in this sport.
On Saturday, Woodhead passed away, leaving his wife Giselle and many friends.
Woodhead has been a true personality in South African motorsport since the 1960s, and competed as a driver and navigator. He was a Champion navigator in 1975, and also claimed the Star SCC Rally Championship titles in 1981 and 1982 as a driver.
Since hanging up his rally overalls and helmet, he turned his attention to the Total Economy Run, competing most years since the event’s inception in 1977. He claimed numerous outright wins and class victories, most recently in the 2008 edition.
I met the man on numerous occassions, and shared news and snippets with him over e-mail. His knowledge was limitless.
Spotti Woodhead, rest in peace.